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“Forget Ordinary! Cute, Quirky, and VERY "Pillow Talk"!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hofsas House Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921   |  
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Ranked #20 of 23 Hotels in Carmel
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
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“Forget Ordinary! Cute, Quirky, and VERY "Pillow Talk"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

You know those bedspreads from the 50's and 60's and glass sidetables with lamps built into them? That's kind of the style you'll find at this one-of-a-kind, hotel/bed and breakfast. The building itself is a 3-story warren of sturdy wooden stairs, kitchy pink paint, Bavarian windows, *huge* , no make that *gigantic*, rooms (many with dutch doors), usually with some kind of kitchenette. Views of the sea are quite possible if the fog ever lifts. It's a warm, family-owned hotel at the quiet end of the main cross-street that imparts personality and non-corporate decor. Our room even had a fireplace ...so cozy-romantic! Might not be for everyone...so please go stay at your nondescript business hotel if that's what you want. This is a gettaway hotel...relax, BE with someone... and still have plenty of room for your yoga routine. It's almost like a European B&B except for the genrous square footage. There is no elevator, so ask for a room on-grade if you'd rather not take a flight up. I asked what the room is by the pool and they said it's a meeting room like for smaller gatherings or if you wanted to hold a seminar or church retreat, or even a wedding shower. Bring a multi-plug to charge your laptop or phone. Few power outlets. But hey - the walk-away breakfast is fresh-baked pastry and fruit - DELICIOUS!

Room Tip: I'd choose the 3rd floor facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoy the unique rooms and the complimentary continental breakfast! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I was with a group in this very nice hotel, simple but very charming, with different rooms options. The location is good, a few blocks from the restaurants and shopping area. There is no elevators, so be prepared to face some stairs. The breakfast is simple, but decent. A good option for your stay in Carmel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the central location! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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Santee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I had the opportunity to stay at the Hofsas House last week. I wasn't sure what to expect, but ended up being pleasantly surprised. I often travel with my dogs in the summer, and the Hofsas House is a nice-quality yet affordable, pet-friendly inn. We were fortunate to be given Room 38, which is on the north end of the inn. It was a spacious, comfortable room. I was concerned about noise from adjacent rooms based on a couple of the reviews. I think this inn may have thin walls, but fortunately on this stay, the tenants adjacent to us were not noisy.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I have been staying at the Hofsas House for a number of years and will continue staying there in the future. The Hofsas House is a quaint, beautiful inn, very peaceful and quiet, accommodations are always roomy and clean, and rates are very reasonable. The staff serves a very nice continental breakfast each day. This trip we stayed in a family suite that had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fireplace, balcony with an ocean view, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and sink. The view from the balcony was beautiful. We enjoyed s'mores on the beach, a package offered by the inn. Everything is within walking distance, even to the ocean. The staff is always very professional and polite, giving assistance as to eating places, specialty shops, anything a person would be interested in. It is impossible for me to say what I liked best because everything was the best. I look forward to returning in December for Christmas festivities.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoy the unique rooms and the complimentary continental breakfast! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon.
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stayed just one night, but would happily linger longer. Very well placed, in walking distance to the town and beach, quiet and clean. Following a long drive from LA, we were warmly welcomed by Renee, and our room met our needs exactly - no fuss or needless extras, just comfortable, airy and peaceful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
We are glad you enjoy the friendly staff and the great central location! We are so happy you had a wonderful stay and we hope to see you again soon and thank you for the great review!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is my second stay at Hofsas House. First stay was with group of gals and we stayed in a charming two bedroom suite. This hotel is so convenient to Ocean Avenue dining and shopping and the beach....all walking distance. The accommodations were exceptional if you like quaint.

Second stay was Memorial Day weekend 2013. My Significant Other and I were in the area for a Niece's graduation. My memories of Hofsas House and Staff lead me to book here again. Our 3rd floor room was exceptional. View of the Ocean from our balcony. Remodeled bathroom with heated floors was a wonderful surprise. So was the separate kitchen with full size refrigerator, Microwave and sink. We experienced NO noise from other rooms, as some reviewers have stated. And the hotel was full. Convenient to Point Lobos, where we walked 5 miles along the beautiful coastline. Dinner at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch was wonderful and only a mile down Delores Street. I didn't take my dog this trip, but will in the future. The "Continental Breakfast" was so much more than a cup of coffee and a doughnut! Wonderful pastries and yogurt. Can take back to room on a tray if desired. I highly recommend this Hotel to those who appreciate old world charm and hospitality.

Room Tip: Room 34 was quiet, spacious and comfortable with lovely view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the the local attractions and dining! We hope to see you again soon!
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Alameda, California, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Our first stay we really enjoyed the balcony views of the Pacifdic Ocean (upper rooms). We love the location, how pet friendly and inviting all the staff and accomadations are. We joked a little bit about the Hofsas House decorations but liked the very reasonable prices. As returning guests they showed us some more comtemporary furnished rooms and also offered us terrific discounts as a bonus for coming back. We have since found a few of our favorite ocean view balcony rooms with corner fire places at way less cost than any hotel nearby. We will return each year. Hofsas House hospitailty kinda grows on you!

Room Tip: 3rd floor on upper street level next to check-in with private ocean view balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hofsas, Manager at Hofsas House Hotel, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are happy you decided to join us with your four-legged friend and we sincerely hope you choose to stay with us next time you visit Carmel.
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Additional Information about Hofsas House Hotel

Address: Between 3rd and 4th Avenues on San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Carmel
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hofsas House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual European elegance with the warmth of family hospitality, a boutique family-owned inn with 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, many with ocean views in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Other amenities include: continental breakfast, heated swimming pool, dry saunas, off-street parking, free wireless Internet access & some rooms dog friendly. ... more   less 
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